Masters Program Details

The graduate faculty in English seek to prepare graduate students whose knowledge of language and literature will inform their intellectual and ethical understanding, and whose communication and critical thinking skills will allow them to contribute to the region and beyond in a variety of careers and positions. We share a strong commitment to keeping the program flexible enough to provide more advanced study for those who wish to further their intellectual development and rigorous enough to prepare students for doctoral work or other professional fields such as teaching, business, and law.

Program Description

The M.A. program in English is designed to cultivate advanced mastery of content within the discipline, refined skills in professional and scholarly writing, comprehensive knowledge of critical practices, and a keen awareness of contemporary issues in the study of literature. Graduate students will be able to demonstrate advanced mastery of content within the discipline by answering comprehensive questions about specific writers, genres, texts, and literary periods that they have studied and that they have achieved refined skills in professional and scholarly writing. This expectation presumes a command of pertinent critical assumptions, methodologies, and practices.

Method of Delivery

Classes are 100% Face-to-face.

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 30/36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

Students accepted into the program may choose either a thesis (Plan I) or nonthesis (Plan II) option. Students enrolled in the M.A. English degree program must take at least 80% of their coursework at the 6000 (graduate seminar) level.

Plan I consists of 30 credit hours, of which 27 are course work and 3 are thesis (ENGL 6399). A minimum of 24 hours must be in English. Of the 27 credit hours (9 courses), 21 credit hours (7 courses) must be at the 6000 level.

Plan II consists of 36 credit hours, of which a minimum of 30 must be in English. Of the 36 credit hours (12 courses), 27 credit hours (9 courses) must be at the 6000 seminar level.

The Director of Graduate Studies must approve all courses taken outside of English or they will not count toward the degree. Students must provide an acceptable rationale for courses taken outside of English that indicates how the courses relate to their overall professional goals in completing the degree.

Seminar in British Literature I - ENGL-6105
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A tightly focused examination of some aspect of pre-nineteenth-century British literature in its historical, ideological, and/or cultural context. The topic for this course varies. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.

Seminar in American Literature I - ENGL-6110
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A tightly focused examination of some aspect of pre-Civil War American literature in its historical, ideological, and/or cultural context. The topic for this course varies. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.

Seminar in British Literature II - ENGL-6115
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A tightly focused examination of some aspect of post-nineteenth-century British literature in its historical, ideological, and/or cultural context. The topic for this course varies. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.

Seminar in American Literature II - ENGL-6120
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A tightly focused examination of some aspect of post-Civil War American literature in its historical, ideological, and/or cultural context. The topic for this course varies. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.

Seminar in Special Topics - ENGL-6385
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Study of a specific theme, critical approach, and/or concept that transcends boundaries established by the other 6000-level offerings in the program. Typical offerings may include Transatlantic Influences in Modernist Literature, Literature of Migration and Settlement, and Theory and Praxis of Creative Writing. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.

Thesis - ENGL-6399
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Research and preparation of an M.A. thesis under the supervision of an approved faculty advisor.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in English or equivalent course work in English, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2, three positive letters of recommendation from professional sources qualified to address th e candidate's specific disciplinary strengths, and a persuasive narrative statement that articulates the candidate's reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in English. Applicants should also demonstrate proficiency by achieving a minimum GRE Verbal score of 500 and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 4.5. All decisions on admission will be made by the Graduate Program Committee and the Director of Graduate Studies, subject to final administrative approval.

Application Deadlines

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Office of Admissions             678-839-5600       678-839-4747 (fax)admiss@westga.edu

Admissions – Mandeville Hall
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Graduate students will demonstrate advanced mastery of content within the discipline by answering comprehensive questions about specific writers, texts, and literary periods in four major areas: British Literature I, British Literature II, American Literature I, and American Literature II.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate an advanced facility in connecting literary works to their specific historical and cultural contexts in four major areas: British Literature I, British Literature II, American Literature I, and American Literature II.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of contemporary critical and theoretical methodologies that are applicable to the study of literary and cultural texts.